The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

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List Criteria: Vote up the best songs that have won an Academy Award for Best Song

What are the best Oscar-winning songs? This list includes every song that has won an Oscar for Best Song, with titles such as “My Heart Will Go On,” “Moon River,” “Let It Go,” and “Skyfall.” The category of Best Original Song was introduced in 1934 at the 7th Academy Awards. The award is presented to the songwriters, not the performers.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. The best of these movies are often bestowed with an Academy Award nomination, and those that are truly the best take home the Oscar. Songs have the ability to enhance these feelings in films. They often make the movie more emotional, intense, suspenseful, or gut-wrenching.

Songs tells us, as movie-goers, what to feel and when to feel it. These best Oscar-winning songs provide a kind of emotional connection that filmmakers hope people seek in entertainment. They are moving, saddening, or romantic. Vote upthe best Academy Award-winning songs below.
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    Somewhere Over the Rainbow 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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    Beauty and The Beast 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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    When You Wish Upon a Star 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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    A Whole New World 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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    Can You Feel the Love Tonight 
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    Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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    Under the Sea 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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    My Heart Will Go On 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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    White Christmas 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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    (I've Had) The Time of My Life 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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    Moon River 
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    Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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    Colors of the Wind 
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    Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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    Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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    Mary Poppins: Chim Chim Cher-e... 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs
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    Flashdance... What a Feeling 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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    Skyfall 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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    Let It Go 
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    Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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    Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My H... 
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    Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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    The Way You Look Tonight 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "Song of the South" 1947

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    You'll Be In My Heart 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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    Baby, It's Cold Outside 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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    Lose Yourself 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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    The Way We Were 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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    I Just Called to Say I Love Yo... 
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    Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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    Up Where We Belong (An Officer... 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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    Fame 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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    Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will B... 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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    When You Believe 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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    Theme From Shaft 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "Shaft" 1971

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    Streets of Philadelphia 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "Philadelphia" 1993

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    Arthur's Theme (Best That You ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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    Say You, Say Me

    Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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    If I Didn't Have You (Monsters... 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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    Born Free 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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    Love is a Many Splendored Thin... 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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    You Light Up My Life 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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    We Belong Together 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "Toy Story 3" 2010

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    Glory 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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    Evergreen 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "A Star is Born" 1976

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    Swinging on a Star 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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    Jai Ho 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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    Into the West 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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    Last Dance 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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    The Windmills of Your Mind 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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    High Hopes 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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    Days of Wine and Roses 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

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    Mona Lisa 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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    High Noon 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington "High Noon" 1952

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    Let the River Run 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    "Working Girl" 1988

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    Thanks for the Memory 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

    Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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